The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by: William Shakespeare

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LUCETTA

I cannot reach so high.

LUCETTA

I cannot reach such high notes.

JULIA

Let’s see your song. How now, minion?

JULIA

Let’s see your poem. What is it, you hussy?
She takes the letter
She takes the letter.

LUCETTA

Keep tune there still; so you will sing it out.
And yet methinks I do not like this tune.

LUCETTA

Keep your mood in check and get over your anger. I don’t like this new tune you’re singing.

JULIA

95You do not?

JULIA

You don’t?

LUCETTA

No, madam, ’tis too sharp.

LUCETTA

No, madame, it’s too sharp.

JULIA

You, minion, are too saucy.

JULIA

You, hussy, are too sassy.

LUCETTA

Nay, now you are too flat,
And mar the concord with too harsh a descant.
100There wanteth but a mean to fill your song.

LUCETTA

No, now you’re too flat. You’re ruining the harmony with a melody that’s too harsh. Your song only needs a

tenor

In other words, Julia needs a man.

tenor
.

JULIA

The mean is drowned with your unruly bass.

JULIA

The tenor is ruined with your unruly bass.

LUCETTA

Indeed, I bid the base for Proteus.

LUCETTA

Indeed, I sing for Proteus.

JULIA

This babble shall not henceforth trouble me.
Here is a coil with protestation!

JULIA

This letter won’t trouble me from now on. Here’s a fuss over a love letter!
She tears the letter and drops the pieces.
She tears the letter and drops the pieces.
105Go, get you gone, and let the papers lie.
You would be fing’ring them to anger me.
Go, get out of here, and leave the papers where they are. I know you’d try to pick them up just to anger me.

LUCETTA

She makes it strange, but she would be best pleased
To be so angered with another letter.

LUCETTA

She pretends not to care, but she would be happy to be so angered by another love letter.
Exit
LUCETTA exits.

JULIA

Nay, would I were so angered with the same!

JULIA

No, I wish I were so angry with this one!
She picks up some fragments.
She picks up some fragments.